John Laing Integrated Services (JLIS) has signed an eight-year contract to deliver library services on behalf of the London Borough of Croydon.

The contract starts on 1 October 2013 and incorporates 13 libraries as well as the home library service. 

As a result of the new arrangements Croydon’s libraries will soon undergo a significant modernisation programme. This will include the introduction of new technology for the benefit of both staff and customers, including self-service, wi-fi and the very latest innovations in online resources and e-books.

The new contract will ensure that all 13 libraries remain open and continue to provide high levels of professional services.  JLIS will work closely with local communities to improve the way these services are delivered. There will also be new local business opportunities and good prospects for employment, volunteering and apprenticeships.

 Tim Grier, JLIS Managing Director, said: “I’m delighted that JLIS has secured its second London library contract.  This is a fantastic milestone in developing our presence in the library services market and brings the number of library sites managed by JLIS to 24. We look forward to working with the council, and local organisations to provide an excellent library service for the benefit of the Croydon community.“

 Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for children, families and learning, said: “Signing this contract means that Croydon’s libraries are now safe for the foreseeable future. At a time when all council services are coming under financial scrutiny it’s great to have negotiated an arrangement that not only keeps all our branches open, but will also see modernisation through the investment that is now planned.”